lonewalker

Fell-walker, trig-pointer, peak-bagger, Wainwright-er & Pennine Way author, with a passion for long paths, malt whisky, fast cars & Man City

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  1. Jay Patel says:

    Really fascinating read Stuart, thank you for taking the trouble. I came across your blog by chance, intended to read just a short bit and then ended up reading to the end! Says something about your compelling writing! Totally commendable doing a long sustained trail like that.

    I was in Skye in Jan for a couple of weeks – but no really long hikes, more exploring with my camera. Although I do remember being in Skye with a friend a few years ago and scrambling up Bla Bheinn with hands and feet because we thought it was the most direct “route” (bad idea) and also getting caught out in the worst, thankfully short-lived, blizzard I’ve ever seen!

    I just returned last week from three glorious weeks in Assynt – had the best weather I ever experienced north of the border. If you’ve never been to that part you would probably love it. The drive up is not too bad either.

    Completely identify with you about the relief and comfort road walking can often bring (esp when you’ve been trudging through bog and in the dark) – you can walk for miles along the road up there and never come across a single car.

    Anyway a great journal of the walk and fine pictures too. Will be coming back to your blog I’m sure.

    Jay

    • lonewalker says:

      Jay, really glad you enjoyed the journal – the Skye Trail was my favourite walk to date and it has so many possible options and alternatives that it really could be a trail for all experience levels – the ability to add side trips to some of the great mountains on Skye is really compelling.

      I’m hoping to go back for a week in early Feb – perhaps do some walking if the weather permits, but just to be on the island is enough of a holiday for me. I’ve never spent any time in Assynt, although I’ve driven all over the north of Scotland – probably time I looked a little closer at a visit there 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and hope you enjoy the other path write-ups

      • Jay Patel says:

        Thanks for the reply Stuart. If you do go back in Feb hope you have some nice clear, crisp winter days – Skye can be especially wonderful at that time! Keep up the great work.

  2. Mark Garner says:

    Hi Stuart,

    Another great read. My brother and I walked the c2c in May and used your various blogs for a lot of very helpful information in planning that trip. Many Thanks.

    If you still have the details of the croft used in Bornesketaig, can you pass them on? We are hoping to possible use it some time next year. I managed to find it on google earth like you but no luck finding the letting details.

    • lonewalker says:

      Glad to hear the C2C blogs were useful Gary, always great to get feedback like that.

      The croft on Skye was a private let through a friend of a friend. I did ask him if he wanted me publicise the details and he was reluctant. I think he wants to keep it as a friends/family sort of place.

      There are plenty of other lets, even some close by, so I doubt you’d have any problem finding somewhere. I hope you enjoy the place as much as we did.

  3. lonewalker says:

    Eva – agree with your sentiments regarding Skye – a magical place and I will be back.

    Based on what you’ve said it sounds like the three days of the Skye Trail from Portree would be something you could manage. The day from Portree to Sligachan is fairly easy to navigate and there is a bus service between the two and a campsite at Sligachan if you wanted to stay there.
    The next day to Elgol is a long day, but the path is clear most of the way and shouldn’t cause many navigational problems. Elgol is remote, but a bus service runs to Broadford, or there are plenty of places to wild camp just outside the village.
    The third day from Elgol to Broadford is another easy day for navigation, even if you decide to take the long route (like I did) around Suisnish. From Broadford there are plenty of bus services, either back to Portree or off the island too.
    In terms of being a woman on your own, I can’t help you decide on that – but what I would say is that you’re probably safer walking in the hills than you are walking the streets of any large european city. The trail is remote in places, but these three days here use paths that are walked fairly regularly – you won’t see a lot of people, and you need to be self sufficient – the walking you have done should serve you well.

    If you decide to walk it, have a great time and walk before or after the midgies!!

    Next year I’ll be walking the Pennine Way again or possibly the Southern Upland Way – I’m waiting for someone else to decide on something before I make my mind up for definite.

  4. Eva says:

    Dear Stuart,
    I have sent you a message on Facebook (even though we’re not friends) before I got to the end our your journal and found that I could have actually write my message here. So in case you don’t get the facebook message or decide to ignore it, I’m going to post it here again (a bit updated):

    I have read all your journals by today and this one was particularily interesting me mainly due to the fact that I have visited Skye this summer in July, sadly – only for two days after doing the GGW and visiting Edinburgh. I am planning to come back to Skye, I think it is the single most beautiful island I have ever seen and the most beautiful place in Scotland, possibly my favourite place on Earth. People were so kind and helpful. I would really love to walk the Skye Trail or at least part of it. Since the trail is unofficial, I wanted to ask you whether you think it would be too dangerous for me to walk it alone (I’m 27 year old and a female for that)? I was hoping to camp or stay in hostels if possible and carry all my gear on my back. My friends are not very keen on long distance walking and none of them has any experience of any kind. I have walked the Great Glen Way, next year planning to walk NOT the West Highland Way (it’s like the WHW but mostly avoiding the trail itself), and I have done walking back in Poland (where I come from), the Netherlands (where I’ve studied), Germany (where I currently live), and Jordan (where I was send for a month for a research project from work) – still I don’t consider myself very experienced, just a little bit more than a starter maybe. So far, I never really needed a map on any of may walks or a compass so I don’t know how good my navigation skills would be. I was also considering adding part of the trail (maybe the best 3 days of it) to WHW next year. I know there is a bus from Fort William to Portree. I have done the circular path in Quairang and climbed around the Old Man of Storr this year so I could skip that and start from Portree. What do you think?
    I have good instincts though and a very good memory for places. I would really appreciate your advice. It’s really hard to do lone walking when you’re a young woman… I sometimes envy men if you can believe that.
    Anyway, thank you for your diary, it’s been a great read so far and very meticulous report which is impressive and surely helpful to many walkers.
    I’m very curious what will be your next year’s destination. Sorry for the long post.
    Cheers,
    Eva

  5. John says:

    Really great journal, thanks for taking the time to write it up, I’m sure it will be useful to future walkers

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